Approaches to Water Sensitive Urban Design

Approaches to Water Sensitive Urban Design

Potential, Design, Ecological Health, Urban Greening, Economics, Policies, and Community Perceptions

1st Edition - October 3, 2018

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  • Editors: Ashok Sharma, Ted Gardner, Don Begbie
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128128442
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128128435

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Approaches to Water Sensitive Urban Design: Potential, Design, Ecological Health, Economics, Policies and Community Perceptions covers all aspects on the implementation of sustainable storm water systems for urban and suburban areas whether they are labeled as WSUD, Low Impact Development (LID), Green Infrastructure (GI), Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) or the Sponge City Concept. These systems and approaches are becoming an integral part of developing water sensitive cities as they are considered very capable solutions in addressing issues relating to urbanization, climate change and heat island impacts in dealing with storm water issues. The book is based on research conducted in Australia and around the world, bringing in perspectives in an ecosystems approach, a water quality approach, and a sewer based approach to stormwater, all of which are uniquely covered in this single resource.

Key Features

  • Presents a holistic examination of the current knowledge on WSUD and storm water, including water quality, hydrology, social impacts, economic impacts, ecosystem health, and implementation guidelines
  • Includes additional global approaches to WSUD, including SUDS, LID, GI and the Sponge City Concept
  • Covers the different perspectives from Australia (ecosystem based), the USA (water quality based) and Europe (sewer based)
  • Addresses storm water management during the civil construction stage when much of the ecological damage can be done


Environmental science, environmental engineering, urban planning, water policy and planning, architects, urban ecologists

Table of Contents

  • 1. History of WSUD / LID adoption in Australia and internationally
    John Radcliffe
    2. WSUD approaches and their description
    Alan Hoban
    3. Stormwater quality, pollutant sources, processes and treatment options
    Ashantha Goonetilleke and Jane-Louise Lampard
    4. WSUD design guidelines and data needs
    Ashok K Sharma, Samira Rashetia, Ted Gardner and Don Begbie
    5. The Role of Policy and Regulations in WSUD Implementation
    Grace Tjandraatmadja
    6. Flood and peak flow management using WSUD systems
    Baden Myers and David Pezzaniti
    7. WSUD approaches in Sewer System overflow management
    Leila Talebi and Robert Pitt
    8. Erosion and Sediment Control - WSUD during the construction phase of land development
    Leon Rowlands
    9. Water harvesting potential of WSUD approaches
    David Hamlyn-Harris, Tony McAlister and Peter Dillon
    10. Using WSUD to restore pre-development hydrology
    Anthony Richard Ladson
    11. Urbanization: hydrology, water quality and influences on ecosystem health
    Fran Sheldon, Catherine Leigh, Wendy Neilan, Michael Newham, Carolyn Polson and Wade Hadwen
    12. Protecting and Managing Stream Morphology in Urban Catchments using WSUD
    Geoff J. Vietz and Robert J. Hawley
    13. Urban Lakes as a WSUD Method
    Christopher Walker and Terry Lucke
    14. Economics of WSUD approaches
    Kym Whiteoak
    15. Optimization of WSUD Systems: Selection, Sizing and Layout
    Graeme C. Dandy, Michael Di Matteo and Holger R. Maier
    16. Infrastructure and urban planning context for achieving the visions of integrated urban water management and water sensitive urban design: the case of Melbourne
    Casey Furlong, Meredith Dobbie, Peter Morison, Jago Dodson and Micah Pendergast
    17. Integration of WSUD and Mainstream special planning approaches: lessons from South Africa
    Elizelle Juanee' Cilliers and Hildegard Rohr
    18. Role of WSUD in building sustainable liveable suburbs
    Beau Bradley Beza, Josh Zeunert and Frank Hanson
    19. WSUD and Urban Heat Island effect Mitigation
    Elmira Jamei and Nigel Tapper
    20. The role of green roofs and living walls as WSUD approaches in a dry climate
    Simon Beecham Mostafa Razzaghmanesh, Rosmina Bustami and James Ward
    21. Greening and cooling the city using novel urban water systems: a European perspective
    Martina Winker, Simon Gehrmann, Engelbert Schramm, Martin Zimmermann, Annette Rudolph-Cleff
    22. WSUD asset management operation and maintenance
    Jack Mullaly
    23. Capacity building for WSUD Implementation
    Rob Catchlove, Susan van de Meene and Sam Phillips
    24. Community perception of the implementation and adoption of WSUD Approaches for Stormwater management
    Rosemary Leonard, Sayed Iftekhar, Melissa Green, and Andrea Walton
    25. Post implementation assessment of WSUD approaches: Kanas City case
    Deborah O'Bannon and Yanan Ma
    26. WSUD Implementation in a Precinct Residential Development: Perth case study
    Joshua Joseph Byrne, Melissa McGrath and Stewart Dallas
    27. WSUD "Best in Class" - Case Studies from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe and Asia
    Stephen Cook, Marjorie van Roon, Lisa Ehrenfried, James LaGro Jr. and Qian Yu

Product details

  • No. of pages: 628
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: October 3, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128128442
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128128435

About the Editors

Ashok Sharma

Dr. Ashok Sharma is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He has 30 years of research, teaching and industrial experience on planning and design of centralised and decentralised water, wastewater and stormwater systems; integrated urban water management; and water sensitive urban design. As Principal Research Engineer, CSIRO, Australia, he led research on alternative water, wastewater and stormwater systems to address knowledge gaps in their mainstream uptake. He also worked as a Planning Engineer at Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland, Australia and as an Engineer at Uttar Pradesh State Water Corporation, and Assistant Professor at Delhi College of Engineering in India. He has co-authored 3 books, 11 book chapters, 70 journal and 69 conference publications, and 45 technical reports. He completed his B Tech (Civil Eng.) at G B P Agriculture and Technology University, Pantnagar, India; ME (Environmental Eng.) and PhD (Civil Eng.) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Australia) and CP Eng. (Australia).

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor Water Resources, College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Ted Gardner

Adjunct Professor Ted Gardner holds adjunct appointments at Victoria University, Melbourne and at a number of Australian regional universities. He chairs the technical advisory committee of the Australian Water Association’s e-Water journal. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Ted was Principal Research Scientist, Integrated Urban Water Systems, CSIRO, where he led research projects into decentralised water technologies and stormwater harvesting and reuse in South East Queensland. He was also the Principal Scientist with the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, leading the Urban Water Cycle group which focused on urban water sustainability. In 2005, Ted was awarded the Australia Day Award Public Service Medal for his work on water recycling and urban water supply. In 2014, he was award the biennial McLean-Idema award from Irrigation Australia for his career work on irrigation using recycled water. He has an extensive publication record including over 200 peer reviewed journal and conference papers, 4 book chapters, co-editor of a scientific monograph on purified recycled water, and an IWA book on rainwater systems, and has made numerous presentations to technical and community groups. Ted completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Masters of Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Don Begbie

Don Begbie was Executive Officer, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, and Program Manager, Research and Development, until the Centre’s closure in December 2016. Prior to that, Don was the Director of the Urban Water Security Research Alliance in South East Queensland, Australia, where he managed and coordinated the delivery of research for urban water security with a focus on integrated water management and alternative water sources such as rainwater tanks and stormwater harvesting. He was previously Director Water Science, Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water, where he managed the delivery of research into urban water systems, groundwater and surface water modelling, and freshwater quality and aquatic ecosystem health. Don completed both his Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Masters of Agricultural Studies at The University of Queensland.

Affiliations and Expertise

Program Manager R&D, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, Australia

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